Nextdoor, led by Irish tech leader Sarah Friar, raises $123m
Former Square finance chief now leads social network company valued at $2.1bn
Nextdoor chief executive Sarah Friar pictured at Moneyconf in Dublin last year
She joined Nextdoor at the end of 2018 after spending six years at Square, during which time she helped steer the company as it went public in late 2015.
Founded in 2010, the company is behind a neighbourhood-focused social networking site that allows users to find out about everything from break-ins to available babysitters.
The company has raised more than $400 million in funding from backers that include Comcast Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark and Tiger Global Management, which recently led a fundraise for Stripe. The site, which claims more than 195,000 US neighbourhoods, established a presence in the Netherlands, its first overseas market, in late 2016.
It is also active in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia. The company said it intends to use the new financing to extend its reach in existing markets as well as expanding into Sweden and Denmark.
The company has an Irish-focused website and also established a Dublin-based company in October 2016.
“Around the world, there is a universal yearning for the connectedness of proximity,” said Ms Friar. “Neighbours everywhere still love and care about belonging and contributing to a tangible, real place as evidenced by Nextdoor’s continued growth and expansion throughout the US, Europe and Australia.”